18 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today again made it loud and clear that his party-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) doesn't support implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
"The Biju Janata Dal MPs both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have made it clear that we do not support the NRC," stated Patnaik briefing newsmen at his residence-Naveen Niwas here today.
The Chief Minister appealed to citizens to maintain peace and refrain from rumour-mongering.
"I would appeal to our citizens that let peace prevail and not to indulge in rumour-mongering," Patnaik appealed.
The Chief Minister clarified that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 has nothing to do with Indian citizens and it only deals with foreigners.
It may be noted here that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday last had assured the Muslim community in the State that his government will not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC).